High profile games were all over the Week 7 college football schedule. The slate produced some outstanding play across the country from some of the best players in the NCAA. Unsurprisingly, as the SEC plays through its’ interconference season, the most impressive performances came out of the South East.
Alabama’s showdown with Georgia was highly anticipated. Alabama’s high flying offense facing Georgia’s talented defense was bound to produce some quality television and bring out the best in players on both sides. After a tight first half, Alabama blew the game wide open to trounce Georgia 41-24. The Crimson Tide Offense is basically dynamic at every position, but receiver Devonta Smith was the star of the show.
Despite some flashy plays from his partner in crime, Jaylen Waddle, Smith was steady all game. He made key plays on almost every one of his 11 catches. According to PFF, eight of his receptions went for first downs and two went for touchdowns. Smith finished with 167 yards at over 15 yards a catch. The senior playmaker’s decision to return after a productive 2019 is proving to be a good one. He’s showing off a well rounded game to go with his general playmaking ability. He was crucial in beating Georgia by being a reliable and dynamic target for four quarters.
On defense, a star was born in South Carolina’s upset victory over Auburn. Jaycee Horn had a lockdown day against Seth Williams and the Tiger passing game. Certainly no easy task for the 6’1” defender. Horn broke up two passes, picked off two more and was all over the field as a cover guy and tackler.
Horn’s athletics was on full display as he was in lockstep with every receiver he lined up against. Then he was consistently showing off his instincts not only on his interceptions, but his ability to locate and stop ball carriers in their tracks. Horn displayed a rare blend of athletic ability, instincts and physicality against Auburn. If this performance was any indicator, HUGE things are on the horizon for him.